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Maxine Joy Niehus
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Maxine Joy Niehus passed away peacefully on July 2, 2018 at the age of 100 years old. Maxine was the oldest of seven children born to Meadie (Rabe) Ferris and William Ferris. She was born November 28, 1917 in Platte, South Dakota. She had three sisters and three brothers: Dorothy George, Kenneth Ferris, Beverly Robinson, Melvin Ferris, Joan Robbins and Robert Ferris.
She graduated from St. Ann’s High School in Geddes, South Dakota in 1936. In 1937 (after Maxine’s father passed away unexpectedly with pneumonia) Maxine’s mom and seven children moved to McMinnville.
Soon after Maxine arrived in Oregon, she was followed by her high school sweetheart, Ralph Niehus and his two brothers; Vern and Bob. Ralph and Maxine were married in St. James Church (McMinnville) on November 6, 1937. They lived on a farm about seven miles out Baker Creek Road in McMinnville, where they raised their five boys; Richard, Roger, James, Gary and Michael.
Maxine worked in McMinnville at Archway Cookie Company and later worked in Carlton at the Portland Glove Company where her husband Ralph was a supervisor.
Maxine belonged to St. James Catholic Daughters and was very active in the church. After her retirement, she continued to donate her time at St. Vincent DePaul.
Maxine enjoyed family reunions and campouts with family and friends. She was the perfect hostess for holidays and casual get-togethers. She was a hardworking, loving and devoted wife and mother. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were her pride and joy. She sincerely loved every single relative from the Ferris and Niehus family and many close friends. She will be missed by many but forgotten by none.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ralph, her son Richard, and her six siblings. Maxine is survived by her sons Roger, James (Helen), Gary (Lyla), Michael (Debby), and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Viewing will be held at Macy & Son on July 16th and 17th from 4:00-7:00pm. Services will be held on Wednesday July 18, 2018 at St. James Catholic Church. Recitation of the Rosary begins at 9:30am with a Funeral Mass celebrated at 10:00am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Serenity Hospice.
The family wishes to thank all of you that provided us with the much appreciated love and comfort.


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viewing

Monday

16

Jul

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Macy & Son Funeral Directors

135 NE Evans Street
McMinnville, OR 97128

viewing

Tuesday

17

Jul

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Macy & Son Funeral Directors

135 NE Evans Street
McMinnville, OR 97128

rosary

Wednesday

18

Jul

9:30 AM
St. James Catholic Church

1145 NE 1st St.
McMinnville, OR 97128

funeral mass

Wednesday

18

Jul

10:00 AM
St. James Catholic Church

1145 NE 1st St.
McMinnville, OR 97128

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